Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films pays tribute to the titular studio with an affectionate look back that's arguably more entertaining than much of Cannon's own B-movie product.

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From acclaimed cult film documentarian Mark Hartley (NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD, MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED), ELECTRIC BOOGALOO centres on the story of two movie-obsessed immigrant cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who in pursuit of the "American dream" founded an indie studio (Cannon) that would produce over 120 exploitation films from 1979-1989, launching the careers of numerous action stars including Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren. Wildly eclectic, Golan and Globus also produced work by such luminaries as Franco Zeffirelli, John Cassavetes and Barbet Schroeder. With relentless energy and sheer nerve, the cousins turned a renegade outfit into a major Hollywood powerhouse.(C) Drafthosue

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  • Fortunately, in the hands of the documentary film-maker Mark Hartley, the result is a romp through the insalubrious depths of the straight-to-video bin of your local 1980s video rental establishment.

    Jun 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Well, there's a bizarre fascination to it all.

    Jun 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Kudos has to be given to Hartley for lifting the lid on a host of bad practices and making an honest documentary that could so easily have been turned into a juvenile exercise in macho backslapping.

    Jun 4, 2015 | Rating: 4/5
  • This promising doc fails to capture the Cannon spirit

    Jun 1, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Hartley's film is consistently entertaining, if somewhat one-note.

    Sep 22, 2014 | Full Review…
  • "Electric Boogaloo" doesn't tell its story from A to Z, but rather in a digressive, choral fashion that privileges outrageous personal anecdotes over dry historical chronologies.

    Sep 8, 2014 | Full Review…

    Scott Foundas

    Variety
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Audience Reviews for Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

  • Feb 27, 2016
    If you were a child of the 80's, these guys helped to shape your childhood.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2015
    http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/electric-boogaloo-wild-untold-story-of.html
    Anthony L Super Reviewer

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